The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
Nature on View in the Scholars Studio
The aesthetic of the scholar studio is embodied in an acute appreciation for representations of the natural world in any form; from the subject of a painting in the alcove to the texture of the wood on the desk and the colors or deformities in the bamboo brush hanging from a piece of natural wood.
A profound influence from China, through the practice of Chinese style steeped tea (Sencha) and glorification of the Literati ideal of the Ming is part of the dual basis of Japans Scholar tradition. Equally important is an understanding and appreciation of natural degradation and the fleeting nature of existence espoused in the ideal of wabi-sabi and the world of Japanese Powdered Tea (Maccha). Behind both these concepts lies a basis in Zen (Chan) Buddhist precepts and Taoist/Confucianist Philosophy.
Stone. Wood. Earth. Grain. Texture. Form. All natural, imperfect, transient and unique.
This exhibition focuses on works collected by these various peoples over radically changing times, and I hope you will enjoy taking a peak through the window into the scholar’s realm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1900 item #1264121 (stock #MOR4580)
The Kura
$600
Antique Japanese Bokuto Dragon Shaped Doctors Sword Edo, sagemono, samurai, netsuke MOR4580 A dragon sails along, feet tucked in, mouth open in a growl…the body forming the shape of a curved short sword. It is 47 cm (19 inches) long and in overall fine condition.
It is said that these wooden swords were produced from the mid to late Edo period, in lieu of swords for those not allowed to carry weapons (all but samurai)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1264120 (stock #ANR4603B)
The Kura
$2,500
Plums blossom across 24 panels, harbinger of Spring and a cue to the scholars it is time to end the winter isolation and set out on journeys to old acquaintances. Ink and light color on paper dated 1913 with applied gold flake in a silk border decorated with gold designs enclosed in a black lacquer wooden frame. It retains the original backing paper. The screens are 149 x 68 inches (379 x 172 cm) and in excellent condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1264119 (stock #ANR4603A)
The Kura
$2,500
Plums blossom across 24 panels, harbinger of Spring and a cue to the scholars it is time to end the winter isolation and set out on journeys to old acquaintances. Ink and light color on paper dated 1913 with applied gold flake in a silk border decorated with gold designs enclosed in a black lacquer wooden frame. It retains the original backing paper. The screens are 149 x 68 inches (379 x 172 cm) and in excellent condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1263993 (stock #MOR4599)
The Kura
$300
A large elongated gourd in mottled red-brown patina with bone bung and ox-horn ring wrapped with dark brown chord. It is 22 inches (56 cm) long and in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1263991 (stock #MOR4597)
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$700
A very large naturally patinated burl of raw wood forming a radical object herkening to Gong Xi stones. It is roughly 20 x 8-1/2 x 13 inches (50 x 22 x 33 cm) and is perfect as a stand for Jizai okimono, or as a display with bonsai similar to a suiseki or even standing alone as in the photographs.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1263806 (stock #ANR4375B)
The Kura
$16,000
16,000.00 An 18th-19th century Literati landscape featuring a scholars gathering in a forest of pines on one side, a pair of boats pulling up to a hermitage on the other. These are published in the book Jidai Byobu Shuei (pre-restoration, pages 76 and 77). They have been completely restored maintaining the original cloth border and are in superb condition. Each screen measures 70-1/2 x 150-1/2 inches (179 x 382 cm)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1263804 (stock #ANR4375)
The Kura
$16,000
An 18th-early 19th century Literati landscape featuring a scholars gathering in a forest of pines on one side, a pair of boats pulling up to a hermitage on the other. These are published in the book Jidai Byobu Shuei (pre-restoration, pages 76 and 77). They have been completely restored maintaining the original cloth border and are in superb condition. Each screen measures 70-1/2 x 150-1/2 inches (179 x 382 cm)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #1263645 (stock #MOR4491)
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Sold, Thank you!
Rich mineralization colors the mottled grain of this scholar’s desk of Jindai Sugi featuring Chinese hardwood ends and solid sliver hardware enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 58 x 35 x 13 cm and in overall fine condtion. There are some minor indentations in the surface from use (see the last two photos)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #1263644 (stock #MOR4373)
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Sale Pending
A small pottery suiteki water dropper used to add water to ink when grinding on a stone made by Iemoto of Urasenke Tanabe Gengensai and decorated with bats and the Subaru constellation, enclosed in a period wooden box titled Tanabe Gengen Ji-saku (No. 357) From the Yamamoto Izumi Collection...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1263508 (stock #MOR4371)
The Kura
$2,000
An iron tea pot with solid silver handle, lid and rim. Late 19th to early 20th century in excellent condition. The piece is 12 cm (5 inches) diameter, 18 cm (7 inches) to the top of the handle.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1900 item #1263507 (stock #MOR4370)
The Kura
$875
An exquisitely carved pipe case of stag antler in the form of an elongated gourd with a brass leaf hinged to allow the end of the pipe to be inserted. It comes with a basketwork miniature box lined with antique cloth and featuring metal hardware. The gourd is 20 cm (8 inches) long, the box 7.5 x 5 x 4 cm (3 x 2 x 1-1/2 inches). Both are in fine condition. The gourd is signed.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1263506 (stock #MOR4369)
The Kura
$375
A sweet looking gourd dangles by frayed silk chords from a Hirado Porcelain Netsuke in the shape of a ebullient sage leaning on his staff. The gourd is capped with a bone bung. The netsuke is 2 inches (5 cm) long, the gourd 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall. Both are in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #1263231 (stock #MOR4577)
The Kura
$700
An antique bamboo pot carved with a much worn sage meditating under a pine with a poem reading “The Moon Shines Bright through the Pine Boughs”. A sideways swipe at the bamboo intimates the moon just above the branches of the aged tree. 3-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 5 inches (11.5 x 9 x 13 cm) and in fine, original condition, dating from the 19th century
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1263230 (stock #MOR4437)
The Kura
$650
This sign appears to be a work by young Tomioka Tessai in the shape of a fan. It is 27 inches (68 cm) long. The lower corners have been broken and re-glued and otherwise is in fine condition. On back is the Yaki-in (branded stamp) reading Yano, likely the Craftsman who made the piece.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1920 item #1263160 (stock #MOR4436)
The Kura
$3,600
Large Natural Wood Hibachi, Calligraphy by Tessai Tomioka, antique, Japanese MOR4436 A large round of Kiri wood hollowed out and carved with calligraphy by the great Tomioka Tessai.in white. It is lined with brass, and meant to contain a heating fire. Included are a pair of Myochin signed Hibashi handmade iron fire tongs. A similar item was offered for sale in 1934 from the Kitamura Collection, a copy of the catalog page to be included...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1263158 (stock #MOR4576)
The Kura
$825
A bird perches on a garden stone before sasa-bamboo and blossoming plum on the much worn sides of this 19th century scholar’s bamboo brush pot. A poem to the side extols the virtues of the plum, bamboo, wind and moon. It is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter, 6-1/2 inches (16 cm) tall and in fine, original condition.
Wind causes to dance branches of plum and bamboo, scattering moonlight and shadow as it scatters the blossoms?
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #1262926 (stock #MOR4433)
The Kura
$850
A very unusual natural wood burl backed with a flat of wood containing a door revealing a chamber in which could be stored tobacco. Slots in the top, lined with metal and bone respectively, can hold a pipe, a pipe cleaner, and would allow the pipe to be dipped into the tobacco without opening the back. The entire back can be removed for cleaning. A leather strap secures a walnut shell Netsuke carved in the shape of a Buddhist prayer drum...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1262808 (stock #MOR4431)
The Kura
$750
A bone spoon carved and dyed red to look like a piece of coral fitted inside a deer-skin bag and enclosed in an old wooden box titled Ko-sango (Old Coral). It is 15 cm (6 inches) long and in fine condition, dating from the 19th century. It would have been used to drop water from a bowl onto an ink grinding stone (suzuri) for writing.